All-Around Favorites! Gabby Douglas and John Orozco Represent For Team USA In The Olympics

July 30, 2012  |  

"Gabby Douglas and John Orozco"

Both Gabrielle Douglas and John Orozco are in London proving that gymnastics is anybody’s sport. The young African American girl from Virginia Beach and the young Afro-Puerto Rican boy from the Bronx are making headlines this season for their stellar performances in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

"Gabby Douglas"

Gabby Douglas is being called the gymnast to beat after winning the automatic bid at the US Olympics Trials and then winning a spot in Tuesday’s all-around qualifiers. Bleacher Report says she is one of the best gymnasts in the world on the uneven bars and she matched the qualifying-best score of 15.900 on the vault.

Monday night, the 16-year-old will join her teammates that complete the “Fab Five”: 17-year-old Jordyn Wieber, 18-year-old Alexandra Raisman, 16-year-old McKayla Maroney, and 15-year-old Kyla Ross. The team is competing (and favored) to win the first team Olympic gold since the “Magnificent Seven” won in 1996.

"John Orozco"

A black belt, YouTube singer, and amateur skier, 19-year-old John Orozco is also an Olympic gymnast. He won the 2012 Visa National Championships before earning the second spot on Team USA. On Saturday, he finished fourth out of 30 in the all-around men’s qualification.

After an impressive performance, his team won No.1 in qualifying and are hoping for their first Olympic title since 1984. On Wednesday, he will compete for an individual gold medal.

Good luck to the Flying Squirrel (Gabby) and Silent Ninja (John)!

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  • Natural woman44

    Congrats to Gabby, she was amazing. All the girls did very well performing yesterday. But Gabby is special, she is the main reason why the team won gold (the media refuses to give her credit). She has been consistent in getting higher scores than Jordan and everyone knows it. She even beat her out of the finals. I’m loving it!! Go Gabby on Thursday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • awet

    Gabby is to young girls what Dominique was to us 80s/90s babies! When she is on the screen, I can’t take my eyes away!! Gabby for the Gold!!!

  • Tisha

    Go Gabby, John and Team USA.!!!! Thesse two were a joy to watch.

  • .

    I’m rooting for both of them. I hope they are able to bring home the gold especially John Orozco who is in Gym Class Heroes “Fighter” video, his theme song. I see why they call Gabby the flying squirrel, she glides through the air every time and gains some serious height. They are both making history.

  • Angel

    I dont want to put any pressure on the girl but she HAS to win lol. Does anybody realize how groundbreaking it would be if she did? I just get so excited thinking about it. Gabby and Serena are definately my inspirations right now.

  • I JUST LOVE THIS YOUNG LADY. SHE’S AMAZING!

  • gracie

    yeeeeay.

  • CA Pullen

    Congrats Gabby! As I was watching, I was rooting and cheering for Gabby. I agree, she is a beautiful 16 year old. I could not been anymore proud of her as if she was my daughter. When the team goes on tour, I will be getting my ticket to support GABBY! Go Gabby, Go Gabby! I am you biggest fan!

  • Na Na

    Go! Go! Go! It was such an honor to watch Gabby compete last night, thinking of all the brown girls who don’t feel beautiful because they’re skin is too dark or their hair isnt straight enough. Every commentator kept talking about her beautiful smile and I can only hope that she maintains that healthy self esteem because it is true……….Black Girls Rock!

    • Coco black

      I’m British and watched her last night too. Clearly I’m rooting for Team GB….but i bet you any money that no one is the country osconcerned about her ‘dark skin’!!!!! Dark skin/light skin….just get on with your life. Americans are toooooo much!! Bringing skin shade comments into the Olympic Games. Trust me….there are millions of ‘dark’ skin black girls who deem themselves beautiful. And are not transfixed on wanting to be light!!

      • eve

        This issue doesn’t exist in a vaccuum, Coco. I and a lot of Americans share your sentiments, but please don’t dismiss what you don’t understand. There’s a context your’re clearly missing. No one came out of the blue saying “we want to be preoccupied with complexion.” Again, a lot of people have been way over this issue for decades, but for others, there’s a REASON things like skin shade keeps coming up.